If your website’s target audiences are from Singapore, you should probably get a Singapore server instead of a foreign one. Similarly, if you are targeting audience from a certain region, you should get a web server that is located nearby.
Pinging Singapore and Canada Web Servers from Singapore. The Singapore web server requires only 3ms compared to 259ms from the Canada server.
I did a test from Singapore by pinging two different servers located in both Singapore and Canada to see how long it will take to send data to and back.
The Singapore web server took 3 milliseconds while the Canada web server took 259 milliseconds.
Obviously the Singapore web server is faster since my current location is in Singapore – the traveling distance is much shorter.
The unit, millisecond, may be less than a second, which some people think is insignificant, but the difference between 3 and 259 milliseconds can be quite big. It will definitely make navigation around your website and uploading new files faster.
I have personally experienced using the two servers (Canada and Singapore) and I’m very amazed with the local server because of its speed.
2. Customer Service
Singapore is known to be a business hub where talents gather. Customer service satisfaction level is high in most businesses located in Singapore.
I have tried a few web hosting companies from other countries and the last one is based in Canada. All of them have very poor customer service. When I submit a ticket for major issue caused by the web hosting company, they can take half a day to get back to me. Whereas for minor issue, they may fix it a few days later and do not even bother to inform me. Overall, the customer service is really bad.
The most important thing about your website is the up-time (availability) and if the web hosting company does not resolve its server issue quick, you may lose many potential customers or visitors and the damage to business image is worse.
My current webhost is a company called Vodien, which is a Singapore company. The staffs have so far impressed me with their quickness and politeness. The super support team responses to my requests and enquiries within half an hour each time, and I almost have a culture shock.
3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
There are many factors for your website to be ranked well by Google. If you are targeting visitors from a country, you should get a local server in the country. Google bot will find your website a better result if your server is located at the same country. Do note that Google websites from different countries will rank different websites differently. If your website is targeting Singaporeans, http://google.com.sg will rank your website better if your server is from a Singapore webhost.
Apart from price, there is nothing that should stop you from getting a Singapore web hosting. You can get really good and cheap web hosting from other countries are most Singapore web hosting companies charge quite high price. But, hey! It is a good investment after all.
I have visited many Singapore web hosting sites and after browsing through their price lists, I’m really disappointed with them. Most of the Singapore web hosting companies are very stingy with the features such as number of SQL databases, web space, bandwidth limits… etc. They are already charging higher than foreign web hosts and I do expect some complete list of common features.
Eventually, I come across Vodien and I’m very sure their web hosting plans are some of the most reasonable ones you can find in Singapore. The most basic plan, enough for a SME to use, cost only SGD $8 per month.
Some of their clients are NUS, NTU, Singtel, CPF board, People’s Association, Courts, NCS, Knight Frank, IDA, Ministry of Health… etc. Even the government statutory boards trust their services!?
What are you waiting for? Try them.